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Chapter 11. Saving and Printing Images > Using Online Photo Services

Using Online Photo Services

While it’s satisfying to print your photos from your own inkjet printer, it’s not a foolproof process. You may find it slow to print your photos one by one. Your printer may run out of ink, and the cost of coated photo paper can quickly add up. If you have a large selection of digital photos that you want to convert to prints, it’s worth looking into online photo services. Most of these services allow you to upload your digital photos, store them on a public Web page for friends and family to see, and order prints in different sizes. Photoshop Elements’ Online Services feature lets you connect directly to Shutterfly.com, a popular and affordable online photo service. At this writing, Shutterfly offers 4×6 prints for about 49 cents apiece—and you can get the first 15 free, if you’re a new Shutterfly user.

To upload your photos to an online photo service:

1.
From the File menu, choose Online Services (Figure 11.65).

Figure 11.65. From the File menu, choose Online Services.


To use this feature, your computer must be connected to the Internet. If this is your first time accessing this feature, an Adobe Terms of Use dialog box appears. If you agree to these terms, click OK to continue.

The Online Services Assistant dialog box appears.

2.
In the Online Services Assistant dialog box (Figure 11.66), select Upload Images to Shutterfly (if it’s not already selected), then click Next.

Figure 11.66. The Online Services Assistant dialog box appears. Select Upload Images to Shutterfly.


A Shutterfly dialog box appears, asking you to sign in (Figure 11.67).

Figure 11.67. To upload your photos, you must log in. If you’re not already a registered Shutterfly member, click Sign Up (it’s free) to register at the Shutterfly.com Web site.


3.
If you have an existing Shutterfly account, type in your e-mail address and your password, then click Next.

or

If you don’t have a Shutterfly account, click the Sign Up button to go to Shutterfly’s Web page, and sign up for an account following the on-screen instructions.

4.
In the Online Services Assistant dialog box, click the Add button to browse your hard drive for photos you want to upload (Figure 11.68).

Figure 11.68. Click Add to browse for photos you want to upload.


To add photos that are already open in Photoshop Elements, click the Automatically Add Open Images check box.

5.
Once you’ve found a photo you want to upload, select it, and then click Open (Figure 11.69) to return to the Online Services Assistant dialog box.

Figure 11.69. When you find an image you want to upload, select it, then click Open to upload it to Shutterfly. If you have multiple images to upload, repeat as many times as you need.


Repeat until you’ve selected all the photos you want to upload.

6.
In the dialog box, click Upload to send your photos to Shutterfly.

Your computer connects to Shutterfly.com and quickly uploads each image. Depending on the size and number of your photos, this could take a few minutes.

A new dialog box appears (Figure 11.70), informing you that your images have been uploaded and are available for viewing at Shutterfly.

Figure 11.70. Once you’ve uploaded your images, a new dialog box appears, informing you that your images are ready for viewing. Click View at Shutterfly to view all your images at Shutterfly’s Web site.


7.
In the dialog box, click Finish if you are done uploading.

or

In the dialog box, Click the View at Shutterfly button to go to your customized Shutterfly Web page, where you can view your photos, organize them into albums, order prints, and create photo-based gifts.

You can also view your uploaded digital photos at any time by navigating to www.shutterfly.com and clicking on the Sign In banner. Simply enter your login name and password to access your online photo collection.


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